Review 2017-003 «Specifics» Single malt • Bottled in 2016 • 50% Alcohol • Matured for 8 years in European and American Oak casks • Chill filtered • Caramel coloured • Bruichladdich (owned by Rémy Cointreau) • Rhinns of Islay • Scotland • Widely available • Widely available (price ±€50) • Whiskybase #79839
STORY. The laddie eight was introduced in 2016 as an exclusive release for the global travel retail. Described as an unpeated, light, crisp and vibrant young spirit. I think many whisky enthusiasts were happy to see Bruichladdich return to putting an age statement on their whisky, regardless of the take-over by spirit giant Rémy Cointreau. A first creation of the new head distiller Adam Hannett, after Jim McEwan retired in 2015, which is matured in European and American oak casks on the shores of Loch Indaal, and intended to show the pure floral and light character of Bruichladdich spirit.
APPEARANCE. Modern and transparent design, colour of the contents is very light golden and has its natural colour.
NOSE. It is light, as could be expected, but also full of fragrancy. Some barley and buttery notes, and it is cheesy and sour. Many yellow fruits appear, including unripe bananas and (in particular) mango. But it is also spicy (nutmeg), vanilla, slightly salty. (water) There are more unripe (tropical) yellow fruits, but it remains sour and slightly spirity. Then notes of sour dough and rye bread appear. It is like coming around the back of a Jamaican bakery.
TASTE. After the full nose, the palate is surprisingly dull at first. (water) There are primarily acidic, barley, the unripe yellow fruits again, and some bread. It evolves later into white wine (Riesling), poireau eau-de-vie, citrus sweets, and after a while a hint of peat can be found. Yes, some airing improves it, but the young barley juicy side remains on top.
VERDICT. A good attempt at showing us the pure spirit at Bruichladdich. However, a bit more cask influence would have improved the balance and development in my opinion, in particular, on the palate. I would say a good addition for fans of the distillery who want to know the origins of the other releases.
Recommended for fans of Bruichladdich.
Sample purchased from Whiskysite.nl.
What others say
- @Whiskybase: Mean score of 81.70 (66 votes)
- @Worldofwhisky.nl: “For those of you who like the mellow and subtle whisky’s this could be a great one for you” Score: 7.3/10
- Ruben @Whiskynotes.be: “Well, nice! Unlike other malts, pleasantly unmodern and complex” Score: 86/100
- @Whiskygospel.com: “Surprisingly matured despite boasting only a single digit age on the label”
- Chris Goodrum @Whiskymag.com: “Now, that is an impressive finish! Robust, malty and full of character” Score: 90/100